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Hulk #2: Review

Feb 2008
Jeph Loeb, Ed McGuinness

Story Name:

The Smoking Gun

Review & Comments

3 stars

Hulk #2 Review by (February 15, 2010)
The script is short, I was expecting much more from Loeb but so far it's been a disappointment. On the other hand, the art by McGuinness is very good.

Additional comment by Peter Silvestro 3/29/2018: Iron Man steers the falling Helicarrier to New Jersey as there is “a field out there with a history of this sort of thing.” This is a reference to Lakehurst, NJ, the site of the crash of the zeppelin Hindenburg on May 6, 1937; Tony even quotes newscaster Herbert Morrison's famous line “Oh, the humanity?”


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Hulk #2 Synopsis by Julio Molina-Muscara
On board of the new SHIELD Helicarrier, Commander Maria Hill shows SHIELD Director Tony Stark (Iron Man) and the She-Hulk a SHIELD hand gun which could kill the Hulk, and would match the weapon used to assassinate the Abomination in the last issue. If that were the case, the murder weapon was stolen from SHIELD's armory.

Suddenly, Rulk (the new Hulk with red skin) bursts through a wall, and drags the She-Hulk off. Stark stays still, but spreads the word that there's an enemy on board and orders to lock down the ship. She-Hulk is beaten by Rulk who later gets to the power system. Iron Man finds Clay Quartermain through a whole excavated by Rulk, where Stark's armor detects traces of Gamma radiation. Quartermain is caring for Thunderbolt Ross, who tells that Leonard Samson heard noises near the armory and when he went to look, Rulk appeared and attacked Ross. Suddenly, Rulk attacks Iron Man and brings him outside the Helicarrier, where he smashes Iron Man with a jet plane, and leaps away. The Helicarrier is going down; Rulk had torn out the main stabilization. She-Hulk tells Iron Man that the SHIELD files about the Hulk were wiped out by a sophisticated computer virus. Stark commands Iron Man robots to help him hold the immense ship and prevent it from crashing on New York City. But they're only able to crash land it on a New Jersey field.

Meanwhile, Rick Jones arrives to Death Valley, Nevada to see his old friend Bruce Banner locked in the new Gamma Base. Rick is surprised and hit by Rulk. But instead of dieing, Rick turns into a blue Abomination-like creature that calls himself the "A-Bomb".

Ed McGuinness
Dexter Vines
Jason Keith
Ed McGuinness (Cover Penciler)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)

(Jennifer Walters)
Thunderbolt Ross
Thunderbolt Ross

(Thaddeus Ross)

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